Saudi Arabia & Brazil sign deal to boost bilateral ties in Tourism sector

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Tourism Mr. Ahmed Al Khateeb has signed a memorandum of understanding with Brazil’s Tourism Minister Mr. Carlos Brito to deepen bilateral relations and boost the tourism flow between the countries.

According to Brazil’s Ministry of Tourism, the memorandum intends at attracting Saudi investments in tourism. During the meeting, Mr. Al Khateeb promised to work for a Rio de Janeiro-Riyadh air route.

Brazilian Tourism Minister stated that, “This memorandum will make it possible to kickstart concrete actions to attract more investments to our country. At this moment of resurgence, our priority is attracting foreign capital, thus creating more jobs and developing Brazilian tourism regions.”

The partnership will provide experience sharing on the creation of the regional office of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) in Brazil.

As per the statement, “The agreement also provides for exchanging data and statistics, holding joint promotional events, enhancing legislation in the sector in tourist facilities licensing and inspection matters as well as exchanging events on innovation, technology, and other areas.”

Recently, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Tourism launched a new program to equip young Saudis with the key hospitality skills needed to pursue careers in the Kingdom’s flourishing tourism industry. Tourism Trailblazers, launched by Minister of Tourism Mr. Ahmed Al-Khateeb, includes investments worth $100 million and the program intends to train 100,000 Saudis in 2022.

Last month, the Kingdom called upon global leaders to join its ‘new tourism and climate science assessment and measurement initiative’, and work collaboratively to help boost climate-resilient tourism.

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